There are those who make the rest of us look bad. Such as the following recent incident where a customer at a McDonald’s in Phoenix got robbed of his OC pistol. I’m all for open carry just as much for concealed carry. But it all depends on several factors. If you’re in an urban area, and places such as grocery stores, 7-11’s, fast food chains, Walmarts, shady neighborhoods and large crowd gatherings. You’re better off carrying concealed. Tactical advantage wins here. This are just some examples.
Open carry is more practical if you’re hiking in the woods, at state parks, national parks, in rule areas, small towns, open carry gatherings, groups and meetings. Also for political purposes, a right not practice is a right lost. That being said, it doesn’t mean you should never open carry. Get proper training and practice, even some basic hand-to-hand combat skills will greatly help you out here.
If you’re going to open carry in urban areas, you better have proper training, which includes handgun retention skills, a retention holster, maybe a backup gun, and most important is to be constantly vigilant of your surroundings. Although such occurrences are rare, but sometimes such incidents occurred every now and then.
A thug sees a $600 item sticking out of you. He knows for sure you have his paycheck. Unlike a person not showing their values, if you exhibit such values, the bad guy might not be able to resist the urge and take that risk of robbing the gun from you.
If you CC and look just like anyone else, the thug doesn’t know how much money you got with you, and what valuable items you might have. With a visible gun, it’s clearly there, the thugs knows for sure, and it’s worth the risk. Think what these criminals are thinking. On the other hand, we had incidents where less brave criminals saw an open carrier maybe thinking that’s a cop, then quickly runs off.
When you’re concealed carrying, please make sure it’s concealed, meaning minimize printing or no printing at all and make sure your gun doesn’t be come expose in pubic. When you do your duties in the bathroom, there is no need to handle your gun. You don’t want to be another statistic just like with that Air Marshal who left his pistol on the toilet tank cover in the airport bathroom There are instances where those who are so called, “concealed carrying” got robbed of their gun, get spotted out by mall security or bypasses.